Warrant of arrest for ill Marry for failing to climb court stairs

Beatrice Mtetwa

HUMAN rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa wept in court yesterday after Vice President Constantino Chiwengaโ€™s ex-wife, Marry Mubaiwa was issued with a warrant of arrest for failing to climb stairs to the courtroom due to ill health.

Mubaiwa was meant to appear in court on charges of attempting to kill Chiwenga.

She applied for exception of the charges saying the Zimbabwe courts had no jurisdiction over the alleged crime which occurred in neighbouring South Africa,

Mtetwa asked magistrate Florence Chakanyuka to deliver her ruling on Mubaiwaโ€™s application saying her client was seriously ill, and could not make it to the courtroom from her vehicle that was parked outside.

The human rights lawyer asked the court to adjourn and assess her condition outside before giving a ruling.

Mtetwa said she brought Mubaiwa to court despite her state because she was once issued with an arrest warrant while she was admitted in hospital. She had to be brought to court on a stretcher bed.

Prosecutor George Manokore did not oppose Mtetwaโ€™s application to assess Mubaiwaโ€™s health condition.

But Chakanyuka, after adjourning the matter, returned to say there were no provisions for the court to go outside the courtroom to assess Mubaiwaโ€™s condition and issued an arrest warrant.